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What’s in a Name? Political parties sometimes change their names. In 1977, the Prohibition Party renamed itself the National Statesmen Party. However, the party’s vote total went down dramatically in the 1980 election, so it changed the name back—and regained some votes during the 1984 election. Third Parties Third parties face many obstacles in the United States. In all states, the Democratic and Republican candidates automatically get on the ballot, whereas third-party candidates usually have to get thousands of signatures on petitions just to be listed on the ballot. The state and federal governments, which make rules governing elections, are composed of elected Democratic and Republican officials, who have a strong incentive to protect the existing duopoly. Also, third-party candidates often face financial
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Unformatted text preview: difficulties because a party must have received at least 5 percent of the vote in the previous election in order to qualify for federal funds. Coke and Pepsi The two political parties are a lot like the two giants of the cola world, Coke and Pepsi. Although each wants to win, they both recognize that it is in their mutual interest to keep a third cola from gaining significant market share. Coke and Pepsi, many people have argued, conspire to keep any competitor from gaining ground. For example, in supermarkets, cola displays at the end of the aisles are often given over to Coke for six months of the year and Pepsi for the other six. Competitors such as Royal Crown face an extremely difficult challenge. The Democrats and the Republicans function in much the same way....
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